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Our Mission

To provide every child who enters the court system as a result of allegations of abuse, neglect or dependency with a trained community volunteer to advocate for what is the child's "best interest."

Summit County Statistics for 2013:
  • The CASA/GAL Program of Summit County served 1,026 children

  • There were 336 families served

  • 251 active CASA/GALs drove over 60,046 miles and spent approximately 11,734 hours on their cases

  • In 2013, 71 new CASA/GAL Volunteers were trained

  • Of the 445 cases that closed in 2013: 36 cases ended with adoption, 193 cases were reunified with parents, and 142 cases were placed with legal guardians.

"No one can do everything, but everyone can do something"

In 2012:
  • The CASA/GAL Program of Summit County served 858 children
  • There were 272 families served
  • 220 Active CASA/GALs drove over 39,427 miles and spent approximately5,871 hours on their cases.
  • In 2012, 58 new CASA/GAL Volunteers were trained
  • Of the394 cases closed in 2012: 52 cases ended with adoption, 145 cases were reunified with parents, and 95 cases were placed with legal guardians
In 2010:
  • There were 3.3 million allegations of child abuse, neglect and/or abandonment in the US
  • Of those 3.3 million allegations, 762,940 were substantiated as victims of childhood maltreatment
  • Approximately 1,653,000 children end up in the Juvenile Court System
  • In Ohio, there were 139,079 referrals and 71,811 cases were investigated
  • In Summit County, 1,100 children were served by aproximately 300 CASA/GAL volunteers
  •  Each ONE of these children deserves a volunteer to advocate for his or her best interest.